BA (Hons) Photography

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Explore and experiment with photographic practices by studying for our BA (Hons) Photography degree at Cambridge School of Art.

Produce your best work

Jac Williams, Honest Agriculture, winner of the 2018 Graduate Award for best photography series.

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Learn to create images that tell compelling stories, whether your dream is to be a fashion or fine art photographer or a photojournalist.

As a photography student at ARU you’ll explore many areas of photographic practice including digital and analogue image-making, experimental crossovers, multimedia, self-publishing and exhibition.

Take full advantage of our specialist darkrooms, photographic studios, and digital post-production and printing suite. You can also borrow specialist camera equipment through our dedicated loan service.

All your work will be supported by academic staff working at the forefront of photographic research and innovation and have years of professional experience. You will be taught through individual tutorial and studio sessions, as well as in group lectures and workshops, with regular career development events throughout your study. Recent guest speakers have included Tom Hunter, Jane Hilton, Tim Flach, Hannah Starkey, Carole Evans, Alastair Levy, Mike Crawford and Lillian Wilkie.

It’s just one reason our course scored 93% for ‘overall satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey 2019.

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Studios and workshops

Our analogue and digital facilities and include:

  • colour and black-and-white darkrooms
  • continuous, daylight and flash studios
  • a digital post-production and printing suite
  • specialist camera equipment including DSLRs, large format cameras, lenses, light meters and lighting kits that you can borrow for your work.

Specialist facilities

All our students have access to:

  • the full Adobe Creative suite
  • Apple iMacs
  • wide-format printers and scanners
  • vintage printmaking presses
  • a letterpress machine.

Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.


Our BA (Hons) Photography degree will help you prepare for work in the photographic, creative and media industries, or for self-employment as a photographer or artist.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

You can choose to take up formal or informal work placements that will help you establish your own professional network, including opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers. Our campus employment bureau can also help you find photographic jobs that fit around your studies.

Around ARU you can also take advantage of many opportunities to use and promote your skills, such as working with staff and students to photograph their events.

We also hold regular career development events featuring guest speakers, such as professional photographers Tom Hunter, Jane Hilton and Tim Flach.

Tom Alfuth

"I enjoyed working to a brief but still being creative and artistic, and the fast-paced nature of the workflow – always having something new to work on, plan, coordinate, photograph and edit each day."

Tom Alfuth

BSc (Hons) Photography student

Read about Tom's work placement

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